This sculpture is a representation of the human dependence on modern technology and consumerism. This hand is a metaphor of our attachment to electrical resources, reaching at an over sized light bulb. Also the hand has become one with the screws, the basic building blacks of modern machines. It is embodied by our dependence on oil resources.
Artists: Fren Mah In collaboration with Matthew Pünyi and Brett Regehr
Persistence is a multi-media sculpture that explores the endurance of nature in an artificial environment. The exterior showcases a tree fossilized into a cement box, symbolizing the man-made world. Yet there are cracks in the cement, which are symbolic of the unstable qualities of artificial structures. These cracks also function as viewing holes to the interior. Within the inside are sculptural elements that are hellish, hot, cave-like, and inhospitable environment. However live plants persevere and grow in an impossible environment, symbolizing the strength and stamina of nature, and the possibility of re-growth despite the man made ruins. The mirrors, inspired by David Altmejd, form crystalline structures, symbolizing growth and hope. In addition they allow the viewer to see the reflection of the interior.
Tamed is a conference and trade show that focuses on its pets and their owners. It includes a diverse set of animals including birds, reptiles, dogs and cats. It also hosts many different events and educational sessions, such as rabbit races and dog shows.
For the visual identity of the conference system, I chose to keep the tone light, informal, and fun. The logo features the three basic pet animal types, a mammal, a bird and a reptile. The typeface Reliq Std., a decorative typeface, to underscore the entertaining and enjoyable tone.
The conference program is designed for utilitarian purposes. It serves as a program guide for schedule information, keynote speakers and advertising for sponsors. In addition the cover serves as a name tag for the attendants, since the booklet is strung as a lanyard.
Personalization of products has the potential of creating strong emotional attachment of the designed object to the final user. The goal of the Toivo chair is to increase product life span through the ease of personalization through unlimited possibilities on materials wrapped around the chair. The final owner can continue this process of wrapping himself, strengthening his emotional bond to the object as the product ages.
These shot glasses are juxtaposition of artificial and natural materials. It is a play between light and shadow, and the cool and warm. The construction is laminated cherry wood, with acrylic. The natural wood is enhanced, through a finish of food grade mineral oil and beeswax. The interior is both water and alcohol-proofed using epoxy resin. The dynamic teardrop shape is designed to conform to the users hand for a comfortable grasp.
Designers: Fren Mah, Mikenna Tansley, Russell Davidson, Kapil Vachhar, Jiayi Li
The Mion project received a Gold Award the International Sustainable Electronics Competition on December 5, 2013.
The Mion Project is a concept design focused on the recycling of e-waste in addition to addressing lighting problems in third world countries. In many third world countries, bicycles are a major mode of transportation, and many homes do not have a steady supply of electricity at night for their children. Some homes are lit by petroleum lighting, at night which is both costly and unhealthy. Alternatively, public lighting outdoor lighting, such as street lights are used by children at night, which is both unsafe and not ideal.
Our solution is a bicycle powered dynamo, which charges a LED light during the day time. This versatile lamp can be detached at night for use in the home. The system, Mi-on, is composed of recycled parts which are often dissembled in the recycling process. The re-purposed parts in the light and dynamo include the LED bulbs, wiring, magnets, gears and recycled plastics.
This lamp was originally designed for Shafraaz Kaba, who often accented his neutral colored home with splashes of red decor. It was inspired by an old and twisted poinsettia tree that was in bloom at the time of my visit. The bends in this lamp are also poetic like those of the growths of Asian Literati-styled bonsai trees, which I drew more inspiration from.
For functionality this lamp features a dynamic swivel arm, allowing for the user to adjust the lighting. It also features a 9W LED bulb, which provides long lasting, low wattage, and bright ambient lighting. The regal red steel body is contrasted by a solid maple shade and accents.
This lamp was exhibited at the Interior Design Show West in Vancouver, Canada in September 2013.